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Le Woody Brune | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by orbitalr0x on 11-16-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.16/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. Consumed 3-26-11 during my first epic Philly tasting. Graciously opened by Dan (NittanyBeerFan) - thanks!

L - Deep bronze, olden rimmed with a frothy auburn sand head. Nice!

S - A bit light but very nice. Blond base with an overlay strawberry, strawberry vinegar, gentle funk, touch of sulfury oxidation that doesn't take away at all. Fruit tones down the funk. General tropical fruit (papaya, guava).

T - Much like the nose with gentle acetic and lactic backing up the fruit even more. The lactic presides over the strawberry, smooth strawberry vinegar, blueberry skin tannins. The oak is soft, lending a clean spice in the mid-palate and finish. Faint butter lends a helping hand to smooth the strawberry and tropical fruit over the surface of my mouth as I swallow. Superbly subtle and nuanced, restrained, refined, and gentle. Score goes up because of the restraint and subtlety.

M - Fine, soft carbonation that absolutely impresses. Silk smooth, soft, and just beautiful - as I swallow the liquid simply evaporates off my tongue.

O - Lovely. The mouthfeel and balance of mascerated fruit, soft vinegar, lactic acid, and gently spiced oak made me finish my glass sooner than I wished (glad I've had a chance to enjoy this again since the time of this original notes review).

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Mike(grumpyoldtroll) for opening this dinosaur whale. Never thought i would have an opportunity to try this one.

A- dark purple with orange tint, almost copper like. Beige head that dissipated quickly.

N- over ripe sweet cherry, wooden barrel, brett and citrus rhind

T- Cherry and dark fruit. For such an old bottle,the fruitness is certainly not lacking. Citrus tartness on the finish with a slight vinegar note.

M- Nice carbonation with a clean smooth finish

O- Dark sours arent typically my favorite style, but this bottle blew me away. No oxidation, clean smooth and refreshing. Amazing how well it lasted

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy cherry red with a tall off white head that retains nicely.

Smell: Awesome tart cherry pie aroma. Lactic sourness, spicy phenols, ripe black cherry. Such a phenomenal cherry aroma after all these years, I'm amazed by how vibrant this is.

Palate: Tastes downright awesome, reminiscent of earlier batches of Red Poppy but clearly better. Bright black cherry goodness, skin and flesh, mildly sweet with a delicious dark malt undercurrent. Medium in body, moderate sourness. Very gentle and easy to drink. Fantastic stuff, hands down one of the best American sours I've tried.

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. HUGE thanks to Chris Q for sharing.

Le Woody Brune
Murky brown/amber color, hardly any head. Ring of off white head. 4
Cherry, lactic sourness, oak. Pretty basic, but nice. 4
Cherry, intense lactic sourness, earthy funk, fairly intense acidic sourness. Just intense all around, but layered, and complex. Some wine and oak. 4.5
Medium bodied, well carbonated, sour, but not puckering. Stinging acidity, but not too much. 4
Pretty awesome. 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan (Nittanybeerfan) for graciously bringing this to our last Philly tasting. Had on March 26, 2011. Dan carefully poured this to the tune of Blondie's "Call Me" in the background. He was jamming to the song and simultaneously poured the beer. It was quite a site. Have been wanting to try this for a while now, so I was anxious to try.

A: Bottle pops with a nice hiss and ghostly smoke streams out. Pours a strawberry brune with mahogany hues and a nice, rather spritzy, eggshell white head. Perfect look for a brune, really. Classic red wine vinegar color, with the head receding very quickly.

S: The first thing that hits me is strawberries. Then blueberries. Then raspberries. Really, this is just berry loaded in general. Tart berries, and well blended with a scent of red-wine vinegar, vanilla form the barrel, and some lemon rinds. Vinegar creeps in to complement the cherry character. Very nice.

T: The berry aspects in the nose are not as evident in the smell. However, the cherry and vinegar notes really shine. Moreover, a nice brown sugar and molasses character come into play. Perhaps even some chocolate. The tartness of the cherry, funky of the red wine vinegar, and complexity of the chocolate is very nice.

Overall, this was a damn solid beer. A very nice brune and very complex for the style.

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4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moejuck (thebaldwizard on RB) for this. Received in a Christmas-time trade, kept upright and in the cellar until March 26th, 2011 when it was brought out as the 7th beer of the tasting. Split 4 ways with treyrab, dyan, and bucketboy. No gushing, but happy this was allowed to settle, as there was, indeed, a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle.

Burgundy in color, there is very ample carbonation. Fizzy and fine, it produces a full one-finger cap of head. There is fair retention, but for the most part, this pretty much dissipates leaving a ring around the glass and no lacing.

There is a light acetic character that greets me in the aroma, surprising, as that will usually take over a beer pretty quickly once it gets going. There are mainly aromas of lactic citrusy sourness and a balanced funk. There are some very strong and compelling berry fruity characteristics - strawberries, raspberries, and others. Also, there is a touch of vanilla. On the palate, the acetic sourness goes to the back, as the lactic and funky components shine and balance each other out. The fruity flavors come through with some fruit skin tannins that complement the berry flavors beautifully. There is a spicy oakiness in the middle, again complementing the fruit well.

Silky and light on the palate, the carbonation is so light that it makes the beer almost evaporate off my tongue. Very good overall, this is a great American sour if you can track it down.

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4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Ruby-brown pour with spritzy carbonation. These have aged very well but should be stood upright for a few weeks before opening; there will be about an inch of sediment in the bottom. We did a continuous pour using a lambic basket into four glasses and dumped the dregs in a fifth glass; that last glass was quite nasty. Many thanks to hophead84 for that advice and for helping identify the bottle.

Smell: Oak, sour cherries, balsamic vinegar; faint brown sugar

Taste: This reminded me of la folie on steroids; it is very much a flanders red/Oud Bruin (though better than any from Europe). It is very intense, sour cherries and oak followed by balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and perhaps brown sugar and honey. There are some wine notes to it as well. Stellar example of the style, not to be missed. Nice light funk, nothing painful.



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4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beige head. Color is a rustic amber bronze.

Aroma: Sour cherries, oak, vanilla, spice, brown sugar, and a barnyard funk. Reminds me of my grandparent's farm.

Taste: Mid cherries, vanilla, brown sugar and spice. Some funk and sourness. Oaky. Kind of sweet.

Mouthfeel: Sour, dry, and spiced. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean.

Overall, this was a really nice brune. Has some nice flavors. Nothing mind-blowing, but definitely something I would love to have more of. Good drinkability as well.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for this one. I've had this a couple times before, but never got to take notes on it. Finally had a good pour to do so with.

A: The bottle is excessively carbonated which required some bleeding and of the pressure by loosening the cap slowly. But eventually, we have a pour that is a brownish/amber color with a large off-white head.

S: Immediately you get the sour cherry aromas along with plenty of oak. There is a nice sweet malt character underneath, very reminiscent of an Oud Bruin/Flanders Red. Quite musty with a lot of wine, too.

T: Plenty of sour cherry and cherry pie flavor going on here. There's a lot of tartness as well, partially from a vinegar component. Not as much sweetness as on the nose and a bit more toward the dry side.

M: The body is medium with a very high/lively carbonation.

D: One of the better American sour beers I've ever had and it has held up amazingly well over the last several years.

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4.33/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerz for hosting an awesome tasting, and for so many generous beer connoisseurs who made the event possible.

Pours an orange amber. 1-2 inches of white, big bubbling foam.

Smells like metallic vinous/vinegar-y notes, and ... malted cherries.

Taste is surprisingly sweet. A definite sweet/sour cherry backing with a bunch of vinegar and grapeskins n' tannins. Is this an oude brune? What immediately came to mind is Cuvee de Tomme on steroids. A bit of wood/oak backing.

Good mouthfeel. Could use more carbonation.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RB's Footbalm brought this to a tasting a while back... Wanted to get these notes in before I begin reviewing the ruckus from over the weekend. Thanks a ton Eric... This was a top-tier brew and one that I know I NEVER would have had a chance to try without your generosity.

Pours a cloudy brown with a lite tan head.... nice lacing and retention... If this as more "clear", it would have easily been a 4.

Nose is pretty amazing mash-up of bretty tart cherry with some minor acetic notes pushing ahead... more lactic elements show as the bottle opens and really warms up. Fantastic... with warmth... wood shows and so does something that I can only describe as cinnamon.

Flavor is better (but not enough for a 5) .... bright full round cherry combines with a fairly pronounced a vinegar quality ... it is never a "burning" vinegar bomb, it just adds alot to the complexities.. lactic notes are more muted than expected, but still very present ... fruity tannins with warmth .... brett woolen socks... Good carbonation, but not overly done...

This was way better than my above notes show.... Huge applause to Footbalm for such an amazing brew.


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3.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks Brad.

a - Pours an amber color with no carbonation or head.

s - Smells of tart cherries, sour fruit, oak, spice, wine, and citrus.

t - Tastes of tart fruit, orange, citrus, oak, wine, and pepper.

m - Medium body and no carbonation.

d - Again, another very good sour. I think the oak and wine was mroe prominent here than in the Le Woddy we had side by side, but both were very good and I'd love to try them again.

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